20 – Louis Leblanc – Hamilton Bulldogs

The Hamilton Bulldogs announced Wednesday that forward Louis Leblanc will miss four to six weeks with a ‘high ankle sprain’.

Leblanc suffered the right ankle injury to his right leg at 9:04 of the second period of Saturday night’s game in Toronto when he tangled with Marlie defenseman Jesse Blacker.  Leblanc fell awkwardly to the ice after engaging Blacker in a fight.  Leblanc and Blacker were handed five minute fighting majors while Leblanc was being helped from the ice by teammates.

(High ankle sprains are caused when the lower leg and foot twist in an outward direction.  It is an injury to the ankle-level ligaments that join two major bones (Tibia and Fibula) that run from the knee to the ankle.  More often than not, the ankle is placed in a cast during the healing process.)

This is Leblanc’s second long term injury over the last eighteen months.  He underwent shoulder surgery in May of 2011 at the end of his final junior year which delayed his professional hockey debut with Hamilton until the sixth game of their 2011-2012 season.

The Bulldogs also announced that goaltender Cedrick Desjardins will miss at least another week with a groin problem.  Robert Mayer and Peter Delmas have shared the Bulldogs early season goaltending duties.

From the Bulldogs Twitter Account –

.@BulldogsAHL  injury update: G Cedrick Desjardins out 1-2 weeks (groin), F Louis Leblanc out 4-6 weeks (high ankle sprain) @CanadiensMTL